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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS


DOG GROOMING Facts about dogs you might not know...


FLOYD’S


Your dog is your best friend but there’s a lot you might not know about him and his friends!


• Puppies love games like hide and seek. Hide then call your pups name and see if they can find you.


• Big happy ‘helicopter’ tail wagging is one sign of a really happy dog.


• Upright, stiff rapid tail movement is not wagging, it indicates a dog who is excited and focussed.


• Puppies grow to half their body weight in the first four to five months! They take a year or more to gain the other half of their adult body weight.


• Dogs sometimes appear to smile, with open mouth and grinning, this may indicate a relaxed, submissive state.


• The fastest breed is the Greyhound and they can reach speeds of up to 44 miles per hour.


• The tallest breed is the Irish Wolfhound standing at 30-35 inches tall.


• The world’s oldest breed is the Saluki, originated in Egypt around 329 B.C.


• The heaviest breed is the Mastiff and weighs around 200 pounds!


• The smallest breed is the Chihuahua, measuring between 6-9 inches in height.


• Stroking dogs releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin for both people and dogs.


• Just like humans fingerprints, no two dogs’ nose prints are alike.


• A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than ours. They can even use this super sense to detect diseases such as diabetes and cancers.


• Dogs sweat through the pads on their paws.


• A dogs average body temperature is 38-39.2°C


If you would like a chat about your dogs’ grooming requirements, or to make an appointment give me a call on 07746 485 330.


Lexa Ray, Floyd’s Dog Grooming INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


BLENCOGO FARM ALPACA CRACK!


Alpacas are curious, fluffy, funny and engaging... and they seem be everywhere you look at the moment. They can also spit and kick and run like the wind! We currently have thirteen at Blencogo Farm.


Everyone always asks, “Why alpacas?”Well, when my husband announced he was going to buy some new hens back in early 2014, I joked that I would go and get a couple of alpacas then. The thing is, by the time he returned, I had purchased Marco and Pedro, organised a trailer to pick them up and they arrived the next day, moving into a paddock in the garden.


The plan was to keep them as pets, grass munchers and fox guards. Alpacas are generally very good at keeping them away. Foxes don’t like their smell and the alpacas see them as predators so will chase them and guard their young, sheep and hens.


However, a couple of weeks later I met Pat Bentley, one of the UK’s first alpaca importers and breeders. Pat was selling her herd which was based near Penrith. She is the number 1 founding member of the


British Alpaca Society. I did a piece for the TV News on the herd dispersal and my worried husband said I couldn’t go to the alpaca auction and buy any more unless I had more land…


A visit to a couple of local farmers sorted that problem out and it was agreed, we could buy some girls and start breeding. Now here’s a thing that every alpaca owner will tell you; alpacas are totally addictive. They are also very intelligent and they all have very different personalities. I particularly love how calm they are when I’m around them and they provide the perfect antidote to the crazy world of television and journalism.


Anyway, that’s the introduction to how I became the lucky owner of 9 alpacas – Limbaloo, My Fella, Wow, Gilly, Marigold, Grecian and Party Girl, Pedro and Marco. Blencogo Farm Alpacas was up and running! Not bad for someone who had never had a pet until she was 41!


Kim Inglis Jeffries www.blencogofarm.com Blencogo Farm on Facebook


CROFT BOWLING CLUB


End of Season Coffee Morning The Club House off Challoner Street


Saturday 29th September, 10.00am to 11.30am Everyone is welcome!


Dixon Barwise, on behalf of the ladies committee Croft Bowling Club ISSUE 428 | 23 AUGUST 2018 | 38


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